Hoarders Hoarders

“Gelb said the Ring probably will return in five or six years…”

on May 14, 2019 at 11:20 AM
The end is the beginning of the end The end is the beginning of the end

At the Metropolitan Opera’s Götterdämmerung on Saturday afternoon, the fires which consumed the Gods burned lukewarm.

on April 29, 2019 at 9:40 AM
Welcome to the Machine Welcome to the Machine

The “the ‘most authentic aspect of Lepage’s production is the overall failure of its illusionist agenda.”

on April 24, 2019 at 5:44 PM
Born to lose Born to lose

Robert Lepage‘s direction of a crucial scene in the Ring is even worse than Otto Schenk‘s, if such a thing is possible.”

on March 20, 2019 at 2:48 PM
Chanson d’amour Chanson d’amour

Much like Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, which launched the Met’s 2016-2017 season, Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin is an opera about love and death.

on December 02, 2016 at 1:44 PM
The chopping block? The chopping block?

After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met.

on March 31, 2016 at 11:36 AM
Between the conception and the creation between the emotion and the response Between the conception and the creation between the emotion and the response

So finally we can see what the Robert Lepage Ring would have looked like if only the Machine hadn’t been totally fucked.

on June 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Plank your lucky stars Plank your lucky stars

The next scheduled appearance of the Met’s Ring production has been canceled, as irrevocably as these things can ever be.

on May 06, 2013 at 2:18 PM
Avec la participation exceptionnelle de La Machine Avec la participation exceptionnelle de La Machine

La Cieca is always delighted when Met stars “cross over” into more popular genres of entertainment.

on April 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM
Requiem for a dream Requiem for a dream

Last night, La Cieca finally got around to watching that documentary about the rocky road to the new Ring at the Met, and she has a thought or two about this whole brouhaha.

on March 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM
I enjoy being a valkyrie I enjoy being a valkyrie

So, take a look after the jump and tell La Cieca the two things that are wrong (they’re related) about the cover of the Met’s new Ring DVD/Blu-ray.

on August 09, 2012 at 11:15 AM
The Wurm turns The Wurm turns

The Met’s controversial Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage (not pictured) and conducted by TBA (possibly pictured) makes its home video debut on September 11.

on August 07, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Planks, for the memory Planks, for the memory

The Robert Lepage production of the Ring cycle will be shown complete (including the now de rigueur fifth part of the pentalogy, Wagner’s Dream) September 11-14 on PBS

on August 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
You got a brand new key signature You got a brand new key signature

You can call Robert Lepage many things (and the critics have!), but one thing you cannot call him is “inflexible.”

on May 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM
When Divas Collide II: Mad Men Edition When Divas Collide II: Mad Men Edition

To kick off this week’s intermission feature, cher public, La Cieca invites you to imagine who said what to whom to make two legendary ladies laugh so lustily?

on April 29, 2012 at 4:06 AM
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth How sharper than a serpent’s tooth

“The Met’s new Ring is the most frustrating opera production I have ever had to grapple with.”

on April 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM
Eye rolling Eye rolling

It turns out we were wrong all along, cher public: the Robert Lepage production of the Ring at the Met is in fact a triumph.

on April 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM
Ass backwards Ass backwards

Zachary Woolfe went to Las Vegas and all we got was a thoughtful analysis of why Robert Lepage was never a good fit for the Ring.

on April 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM
Sound of gnashing teeth noted Sound of gnashing teeth noted

A phrase no one ever thought to see in print…

on March 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Mein Ross! Sei mir gegrüsst! Mein Ross! Sei mir gegrüsst!

“Pound for pound, ton for ton, it is the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history.”

on March 05, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Leave it to those Torontonians to blow the lid off an opera story happening in New York! (Goodness knows the local journalists don’t bother.)

on November 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM

“Now that it has become apparent that Robert Lepage‘s production of the Ring at the Met is a fiasco (too soon? Nah.)… well, anyway, since arguably the production is a dreary, unworkable, overpriced mess whose primary (perhaps only) virtue is that it actually hasn’t killed anyone yet, and since, let’s face it, the Machinecentric show turned out to be so mind-bogglingly…

on November 18, 2011 at 7:33 PM
You might want to sing it note for note You might want to sing it note for note

Those lucky few of you who manage to scare up tickets to the Met’s second Ring cycle of the spring ($3,500 top) will no doubt want to start crossing your fingers now that nothing goes wrong with “The Machine” at the “prologue-evening” Das Rheingold April 26.

on October 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM

La Cieca just stumbled across this casting call for “puppeteers.”

on August 11, 2011 at 12:41 PM